Naval Group has partnered with Science Alive!, one of the country’s largest single interactive science exhibitions, to inspire, excite and encourage Australians to pursue pathways in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Naval Group will be a platinum sponsor over the next three years and had a large stand presence at this year’s Science Alive! event in Adelaide, which attracted over 30,000 people, including around 6,000 high-school students from over 80 different schools.
Over 30 representatives from Naval Group Australia manned the stand over the three days and engaged attendees via a number of interactive activities, ranging from naval-themed colouring-in and puzzle-solving challenges to augmented reality showcasing how to build a submarine and the key components involved – from the crew’s accommodation to the submarine’s control room, diesel engines, propulsion and weapons systems.
The Future Submarine Program will be the largest and most complex Defence project in Australia’s history and is a multi-generational program that will span over 50 years, creating employment for Australians for decades to come.
“To make this complex program a reality, the program will need thousands of Australians to get involved – from the Australians of today to the Australians of tomorrow,” said John Davis, Naval Group Australia chief executive.
“To achieve our goals over the coming decades we will need a strong, skilled and reliable workforce. This is why we have partnered with Science Alive! to inspire the next generation of scientists, technologist, engineers and mathematicians.”
The first Future Submarine will enter into service in the early 2030s, with construction on the remainder of the fleet extending into the late 2040s and the last of the boats likely to enter service in the early 2050s.
The Naval Group Australia workforce has already grown to 89 at the organisation’s headquarters in Adelaide and is expected to grow by the end of this year.
Science Alive! is the largest single interactive science exhibition in Australia, and brings together the South Australia’s big names in science and technology. Science Alive! acts as a primer to National Science Week, which will take place from 11-19 August. More information about ScienceAlive! is available here.